Yesterday Yahoo! profiles launched their new service, geared towards a more open and social Yahoo!. This new version of Yahoo! profiles has lots of great features that can help you stay connected with your friends and family. When you create a new Yahoo! profile page, you’ll be able to add photos, information about yourself and invite your friends to connect with you.
Your profile is all about you-your connections , your updates , your privacy settings , your life. We want to help you better connect with the people that matter to you in the easiest way possible, whether it’s sharing your recent updates or connecting with people from your address book- we’re here to help.
We realize that many Yahoo! Groups users and moderators previously used the profiles system to verify user’s age and contact details. With the new profiles system, once a user updates their profile you’ll only see the limited contact card (displaying the user’s name, location, age, gender and status message) unless you are a connection for that user, or the user has updated their permissions.
This means that until a user updates their profile information, you’ll see a blank contact card for that user. Each user will have to go in and update their profile in the new system, and decide whether or not they want their data to be viewable by all users. For more information on how to do this, visit the profiles news blog , or the profiles help pages .
Some of you have expressed your concern with being unable to verify whether or not a user is over 18. Don’t worry—this feature is built in to the Yahoo! system—any users under the age of 18 will not be able to get to a group that is marked as mature content that may not be appropriate for minors. This takes place whether or not a user has updated their profile, or whether or not you can view their profile. As a group owner, you don’t have to do anything to verify a user’s age.
Thanks for sticking with us while we make these updates to the profiles system. The new profile features a lot of changes that help make your profile on Yahoo! easier to use and manage, but we know there are some growing pains.
Thanks for your patience!